Master Boot Record (MBR) is a type of boot sector popularized by the IBM Personal Computer. It consists of a sequence of 512 bytes located at the first sector of a data storage device such as a hard disk.

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Uninstalling dual-boot Ubuntu with MBR on separate partition

I have both Win7 x64 Ultimate and Ubuntu installed in dual-boot on a single disk and now I want to uninstall Ubuntu and keep working with windows. Windows was the first OS that got installed and it ...
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LVM volume with corrupt MBR: how to mount and recover data from it?

I am new to LVM and partitioning in general, and so, am in a situation here. The Situation: I accidentally overwrote MBR of a Fedora 16-created LVM disk. Now, everything else on this disk is ...
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Recovering damaged external hard disk by installing internally

I had a 1TB Western Digital (My book series) 3.5" USB3. One day, the SATA to USB3 converter board was damaged and has not worked since. I decided to open the cover and use the HDD as an internal ...
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Recover 2.7TB partition converted from GPT to MBR

I have a 3TB disk which had a 128MB Microsoft basic data partition at the beginning, and the rest was a large ~2.7TB ntfs partition. I recently converted this disk from GPT to MBR, and the second ...
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How to correct 512-byte sector MBR on a 4096-byte sector disk?

Final update: I already knew what I needed to do to fix this problem; I just didn't know how to do it. I was hoping there would be some ready-made tool to do that automatically - but couldn't find ...
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How to partition hard drive from MBR to GPT for Windows 8.1 UEFI install

I just bought a new HP notebook (ProBook 450 G0) and it came preinstalled with Suse 11 Enterprise. Now this is the first time I've owned a system with an (U)EFI and I don't know how things work on ...
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Recovery: what to do when MBR is deleted (Mac)

A bit of background I have an old Macbook (early 2006, Core Duo) that was is in a pretty severe condition, since one of the two memory slots behaves abnormally when I lift the laptop just slightly ...
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windows 7 not booting after ubuntu partition deletion

I had on my laptop windows 7 and ubuntu server 9.10 (the partition with windows 7 was automatically selected at boot time). Today I wanted to install ubuntu 10.4, and for that I deleted the 9.10 ...
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How do I get my system to find a “buried” MBR?

Following a botched Linux install, my Windows 7 install can't find my MBR normally. It's in there -- somewhere -- and I CAN access it if I use F12 during boot to access the mobo boot options: Note ...
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How to boot into a Linux, non-primary partition if Windows bootloader is on the MBR

I have Windows 8.1 installed in legacy mode/BIOS mode (ie: Not UEFI at all). Windows 8.1 is installed in the primary partition (ie: first). I (intend to) have linux installed in a second partition on ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 x64 in MBR

I wanted to install Ubuntu 12.04 side by side with Windows 8.1 in my SSD. Windows is already installed in MBR, even though I have a UEFI machine. And so I used the legacy Bios. I have confirmed that ...
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My disk at half size after formatting

I'm a long time linux user, I'm also a Windows user, after formatting my brand new USB dongle I get ~30Gb from the partition table available to create a new partition where the nominal capacity of the ...
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How can one Windows 7 corrupt second one on different SSD?

Words of true desperation: Several days ago, my system SSD broke, so I send it for RMA. I was in last step of making my bachelor thesis, so I had to be up and running. I used my second, older 60GB ...
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Is it possible to recover data after disk' gpt to mbr conversion?

I tried to install windows that requires mbr system to a gpt system. I converted gpt to mbr using diskpart utility. After it all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of space) ...
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Kali Linux & Windows 7 : Switching Grub to MBR

I'm trying to install Kali Linux (i386) alongside Windows 7 (x64). I have prepared suitable free disk space and placed Kali there. The last thing done by installation was to prepare GRUB. whole kali ...
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Need help fixing MBR on 2K3/Vista multiboot Dell 620

Such a long story and pain in the butt... My customer has asked me to load 7 windows vista clients and 4 windows server 2K3 machines bare metal(because apparently VM's aren't good enough) on a Dell ...
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How to uninstall GRUB and get windows 7 bootloader back?

I have windows 7 home premium currently installed and I have just recently installed Linux Mint and it has replaced my MBR with GRUB. Is there any way I can restore the normal Windows 7 Boot Loader ...
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Creating an additional partition on MBR partitioned drive with data on it

I have an external 500GB HDD which already has data on it, there is currently one partition on the drive but I need to create a new one on this drive with at least 10GB of space. I've already used ...
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Move partitions on disk

In order to install btrfs on my computer, I need a 1mb+ space before the first partition. The First Partition is the boot partition which starts at sector 63, the second partition is the dell recovery ...
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System Repair unavailable after moving Windows partition

After discovering that my System Reserved partition was much smaller than Microsoft recommends, I decided to use GParted to extend it with some of the unallocated space. Unfortunately, there was no ...
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How to create hybrid MBR/GPT partition on USB drive?

Can you please tell me how to create a hybrid MBR/GPT partition on the USB drive? I need the MBR for the boot as my BIOS doesn't boot GPT partitions.
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Tools to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Win7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. Is there a tool to do that? Maybe I wrong: but it seems like GParted can only do ...
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Windows XP bootloader issues

How to repair bootloader I was looking through this post and feel like this is the process I need to be following. I'm working with Windows XP and need to rebuild the "BOOT.INI" after deleting it. ...
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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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Cloning Windows 7 installation from MBR to GPT drive and make it bootable

I've seen threads on similar topics - such as this one - but the answers never seem to solve how to make it bootable. I have Win 7 64-bit on a PC installed on a 2tb MBR volume. The motherboard is ...
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Changing MBR code

I have read that during the booting process in linux, BIOS loads MBR from the first sector of the bootable device. Now, if I change the code of size 446 Bytes in the first sector of the bootable ...
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Norton Ghost usage, Linux? ISO? Server? MBR?

Before evaluating Symantec/Norton Ghost to image partitions, I have a couple of questions about using this tool: In the product page, it only mentions Windows: Can Norton image Linux partitions as ...
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Trying windows 7 dual boot on a windows 8 machine

I have a ThinkPad (T530) with Windows 8.1 with one HDD and this is what I have done to achieve dual boot with Windows 7 on this machine - On my main and only hard disk I created a new volume ...
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How to change address of Master Boot Record

Can we change the location ( Starting and Ending address ) of Master Boot Record of a bootable device ? Doing so is operating system dependent or not ? If we can change the location of Master Boot ...
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Make 3TB hard drive appear as two (2TiB+750GiB) with MBR

Some manufacturers of external hard drives with capacity exceeding MBR partition capacity seem to sell them pre-partitioned to a 2TiB partition and one with the remaining capacity. Tools are ...
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How to make grub2 boot another drive MBR?

My laptop (DELL Vostro 3350) have two hard drives: 1- /dev/sda , ssd with Ubuntu14.04 , grub2 installed to this MBR. Installed on normaly hd bay 2- /dev/sdb , stock hd (with recovery partition etc ...
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Why does 32 bit reference sectors and not bytes for MBR hard disks?

Trying to educate myself on hard disk architecture and I am trying to wrap my head around the concept of the 2TB limitation for MBR. The question that arose is why 2^32 related to sectors and not ...
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Fix MS-DOS MBR Without DOS Boot Disk

How can I restore the MBR for MS-DOS without having an MS-DOS boot disk or floppy drive. Ideally, I would like to be able to do this from a Windows 7 Win PE disk. The only solutions I've found online ...
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MBR bootsector that boots the active partition

I have the burg bootloader currently installed on my mbr (+ the following sectors), and I would like to install it on the boot partition, and replace the mbr with a simple one that will boot the ...
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How does Diskpart Clean All affect MBR and implications?

I want to overhaul my entire internal hard drive, re-partition it, and re-install Windows Vista. After booting on the Vista Installation Disk and opening Command Prompt, I'm not sure whether to use ...
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How to convert MBR with extended partition to GPT?

I have a disk with extended partition, and are all used. Now, I want to convert this disk to GPT. But GPT does not support extended partition. I wonder if it would be possible? Or maybe the extended ...
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What are GPT Protective volumes on Windows 8 and can they be recovered?

I have seen a few GPT Protective volumes now with Windows 8.x. These are default configurations where the users are very "un-savvy" and so they did not enable anything as far as additional security ...
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Data recovery on bitlocker drives? [duplicate]

I have a Windows 8 drive that had the GPT Protective partition converted to MBR in an attempt to read it on another system. The user then did not see the drive yet still and converted it back to GPT. ...
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How to reset MBR partition table macbook pro?

I used refind/refit's bootsync utility to update my macbook pro's mbr partition tables as a part of a triple booting process. Now I want to replace the operating system installed on one of the ...
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Windows 8 won't boot, BCD error

My Windows 8 laptop has a boot problem. When Windows tries to boot, I get this error message: Boot configuration data is missing File: \BCD Error code: 0xc0000034 So as suggested I booted to ...
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Windows XP MBR as a file [closed]

I would like to start a Windows XP installation in a VirtualBox VM from a physical partition. For this I need the Windows XP MBR as a file. Can anybody read this out and upload it for me? If somebody ...
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Can xcopy make a bootable copy (clone) of Windows?

Following on from my discussion with @JustinD in the comments here, is it technically possible to simply xcopy the contents of a Windows partition to a partition freshly created and formatted on a new ...
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UEFI with MBR partition table?

i want to convert current GPT partition table to MBR. But my laptop has UEFI, so is it safe UEFI with MBR partition table? or maybe i am misunderstanding about UEFI/GPT things?
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Copying just the Windows 7 VBR (not MBR) in dd

I know how to copy the MBR using dd. This is just copying the first 446 bytes of the source HD to the new HD. What I am trying to copy is the VBR (volume boot record, partition boot record, or ...
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what is difference between gpt partition and mbr partition and where structure differs?

Where GPT table using and MBR partition table using. Windows 8 installing and booting in UEFI mode so it is supporting GPT partition style so we can create 128 primary partitions using windows8? can ...
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Restore hard disk signature

I have put my desktop hard drive into another machine. To make it usable I had to go to Device Manager and click Online. When I put my hard drive back into the old PC, I am not able to boot the ...
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How to save Lenovo Ideapad Flexbook with a 1234F command prompt and boot issues

I got a little bit overzealous when trying to make my Windows 8.1 Ideapad dual boot Linux and now I'm afraid I'm about to lose 2 whole OS's worth of mission-critical data. Here's what happened: I ...
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3TB Hard drive stops reading/locks up after a few minutes of use

This has been driving me a little batty lately as i dont understand enough to fix the problem. My HTPC (Windows 7Pro 32bit) currently has two USB HDD plugged in under separate ports. The 2TB is a ...
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Restore MBR to another Disk

My system had Windows and CrunchBang installed. It used GRUB over the Windows boot manager. I now deleted the CrunchBang partitions and want to restore the Windows boot manager. When I insert the ...
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microsoft boot manager replaced by grub2?

I was running my pc with Win 8.1. I was thinking about trying linux for a long time so I decided to give it a try. I tried to install it several times but I was never able to boot to it, all I could ...